But Mrs. Goldman says that Andrew ignored Maxwell – and told him after his disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis: “Don’t worry, it will work.” ”
Ms. Goldman – suggesting that Maxwell knew his own arrest was inevitable – said, “She thought it was terrible and that’s what she told me was the beginning of the end.
“We knew things were going wrong. I think that part of its protections have disappeared.
“She told him not to speak to the press. She told him that it would be useless, nobody wanted to hear what we had to say.
“But he ignored it. He thought he could use his lack of charm to charm people. ”
Mrs Goldman spoke after the FBI’s British socialite was arrested at her £ 860,000 home in Bradford, New Hampshire. Maxwell is accused of recruiting underage girls for Epstein to have sex and engaging in sexual activity with themselves.
She denies any wrongdoing, but risks up to 35 years if found guilty.
Maxwell has been a friend of Prince Andrew, 60, since the mid-1990s. She is also said to have been around the night of Epstein’s “adolescent sex slave”, Virginia Giuffre claims to have slept with the Duke of York at Maxwell’s meow house in London in March 2001.
The prince vigorously denied it and said he had “no memory” of ever having met Virginia.
When asked what Maxwell said to Andrew after the disastrous television interview, the former stockbroker Mrs. Goldman said, “She told him that she was very, very sorry for putting him in this position and asked what she could do to make up for it.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s going to work.'”
Goldman, in her early 60s, added, “Ghislaine and Andrew had a long relationship. She knows a lot of Andrew’s secrets.
“She felt that he had really saved her and was standing by her side after her father’s death and had helped launch her into New York society.
“She was eternally grateful and would never betray him. I don’t think he can cut it and I think there is a lot more money between Andrew and Epstein than people know. ”
Goldman, who lives in Philadelphia, said that Maxwell flew between the United Kingdom, France and the United States.
Most recently, she lived in New Hampshire, on a property called Tucked Away, with a new boyfriend. Tycoon Epstein, 66, committed suicide in a New York cell last year while facing sexual charges.
Ms. Goldman said, “When Jeffrey was arrested, I told him to withdraw the ***, but she didn’t want to. ”
Asked about Maxwell’s boyfriend, she replied, “All I can say is that she must be great in bed because she can find a boyfriend” on the run “!
“They have been in a relationship for eight months. He is very respectable and a decent person. ”
Epstein and Maxwell first met in New York, where she had moved home after the death of her father Robert, the disgraced media mogul who dived from her yacht in 1991.
Speaking of Epstein, Ms. Goldman said, “All Ghislaine has ever told me is,” I can’t make him happy alone. She knew he was cheating on her. She would humble herself for him.
“She thought if she made him happy and did just one more thing, he would marry her.” I kept telling him, “What are you going to do for a reminder? She shrugged.
“She loved Jeffrey. But she was afraid of him.
“We would have gone out and she said, ‘I have to go because Jeffrey yells at me, he will be mad at me’. It scared him. He talked to her like dirt.
“After her death, she was relieved – she mistakenly thought it was all over. She said, “I’m finally free from him.”
“I last spoke to Ghislaine a little less than a month ago. She was fine, but sometimes I would talk to her when she was not good. She will go to jail if found guilty.
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“She is very tough and will charm and entertain people. She is a chameleon. Just like she found Epstein, she will find the biggest predator there and they will take her under their wing. ”
Ms. Goldman herself went to court in 2011. She admitted to harassing her former lover Thomas H Lee, the private equity billionaire.
She said that while supporting Maxwell, she also supports her accuser Virginia Guiffre.
“I think Virginia has done a great job of getting justice and she has every right to do it,” she said.
“I’m not against Virginia, I believe the victims and I believe that Ghislaine was also a victim of Epstein. “
Andrew and his team vehemently deny the wrongdoing.
His lawyers said the prince offered to testify three times – but US prosecutors insist he provided “zero cooperation” with the Justice Department.
Statements from Goldman, a source close to the prince’s legal team, said: “None of this brings Epstein’s victims to justice, and that doesn’t explain why the DoJ continues to focus its efforts on the duke, who met Epstein less then 10 times, 20 years ago.